A few weeks ago I took my favourite pink brogues into the shoe mender to have them resoled. And to my complete devastation, I was told they are too far gone, nothing would stick, there would be no point. As the kind gentleman bent my shoe on the sole to show me the damage I snatched them from his hand, guaranteed I would get at least a few more wears out of them!
I have been wearing my trainers a lot recently and now I am ready to come back to my roots. So I headed out for a bit of brogue shopping. Just a little note – I call all of this style of shoe Brogue but technically some of the shoes shown are Oxfords – it all depends on the detail on the shoe (Oxfords are lace up, Brogues come with perforations)! Admittedly there is more to know but that is the brief round up – check out Mr Porter for more!
With limited choice instore, I headed online. As with any online ordering, I did my search independently, checked Shop Style for anything I’d missed and then googled voucher websites.
These are the brogues I already have. Admittedly as I gathered these for their photoshoot, I was a little taken aback at home many pairs I have – I am normally quite sensible in my shopping. But then I realised, not one pair were bought at full price – they were on sale, from eBay, on a weekend discount or bought with an online voucher, so the quantity didn’t seem so bad any more!
And these are the shoes I ordered.
I loved the fringing, but I already own a mint pair with fringing, however if I didn’t I would definitely go with this pair I found in Clarks – and the fringing can be removed for a second look (sorry, I can’t find either of these these online at the moment!).
The side buckle shoe came as a ‘wide fit’ they were far too big. If I was interested in keeping this style I would have ordered down a size. I love the metallic but they felt very masculine.
These were the favourite when I put it out to social media.
The Clarks were the most comfortable but I found when I tried them on with different coloured jeans, dresses and with bare legs, they were a little heavy for the style I intended to go with.
And these are the brogues I still want.
These little pink beauties are Dr Martens, and the silver? Well at £295 from Clarks, they are a little past my price range 🙁
So the decision lay with the shoe that was most versatile for me. They needed to suit jeans, skirts, and work trousers and as we head into the warmer weather, be light enough to be worn with bare legs.
Which leaves the metallic brogue from John Rocha at Debenhams. Priced at £45 but reduced to £22.50 these were an absolute bargain! I also went with in store delivery as I knew I would be in Belfast so that knocked a little off the price too;) And as the hole in the sole of my pink brogues grew, I also bought these in the Clarks sale at just £25.
Do you have a favourite?
You may be able to tell from the name, I am a little addicted to brogues. I mainly love that they are so versatile – I wear them to work, to go shopping, or to go out for dinner. I wear them with knee length dresses, midi length skirts, or ankle length jeans. I own them in a multitude of shades and textures and have bought them for a range of prices. To me, they are the perfect shoe.
A quick styling tip. Because these are a heavier shoe, it is harder to get the most flattering look. Try your brogue on with different lengths and widths of clothes (top and bottom) – you will find the style that works best for your body shape. Also, you know I love a light coloured shoe – again, most flattering for leg length and shape. Oh, and one final thing, always look at the back of your outfit in the mirror too!!
So of course, I have a wishlist. Because out of all the brogues I own, I don’t have the cut-outs, or the two tone or the buckle ones. Here are a few to choose from…
Two bargains, and two a little more pricey;) I own the Debenhams pink brogues and they are really comfy – a brilliant choice for the price.
The asos ones are a good price to try out the trend, although I don’t feel the cut-outs are as versatile, I’m not sure I’d still be wearing these next season?
My favourites – sometimes it’s good to stick with what you know best!!
Any other suggestions of your favourite brogue?
So while behind the scenes, I had my camera on hand to document my experience. Now I have never claimed to be a photographer, but hopefully this will give you a little snapshop of the action!
Front of house preparation…
Behind the scenes preparation…
Getting ready for the catwalk.
The models in their ready to wear collections.
Stepping out in style…
Fashion with Cruise at The Merchant
Next BFW post will be my favourites – from the official photographers!
After a busy week this is a quick post to update you on any new outfits worn and any items bought – the (sort-of) spending ban was worth it! Next course, photography!!
Out for dinner with friends – poured!
First Day – my fashion inspirations
Neon: Trousers – H&M (£7 on sale, bargain!)
Silver Brogues (of course!)
10 photos later, we’re sticking with this one. Night out at Dirty Dancing, lots of people passing!
Leather Jacket – Miss Selfridge
Loving my feather earrings – found during my clearout!
Dress – Only (£16 on sale!)
Loving my Argento origami swallow necklace. Paired with my ‘R’.
Travelling outfit – and the sunglasses;)
These were the other option – did I make the right choice?!
And to the purchases. Anyone who has been following on Facebook or Twitter will know my week in London was pretty busy so shopping time was limited but I still managed to squeeze a little in!
My main aim was to buy ankle boots for autumn/winter. I happened to stumble across a shop called The Sting – although these weren’t the exact style of boots I was looking for, I found these on the sale marked down from £70 to £10. Bargain! My hunt however is still on! I also bought the star jumper (reduced to £10) and the Aztec woollen tee. Will definitely check this store out again, loved it!
Of course I visited the huge Topshop on Oxford Street – I love that they actually have food served instore, a reason to spend all day there;) I bought these silver brogues by Vagabond and the grey and neon tee by yuki, and got student discount! Love the print on this tee and on the little neckscarf (I haven’t yet worked out how to wear these??) from American Apparel.
When in & other stories, I hunted for items on my wishlist, but managed to pick up this woollen jumper instead. Love the casual look and feel – it will be well worn! I also saw a pair of sandals in Coolway reduced to £15 – already organised for summer next year!
And finally, at the airport I managed to do a last minute shop – Mac Make-Up and Prada sunnies – I was deliberating over four pairs, three were practically identical, so I went for the quirky ones – what do you think?
So now I’m off to rest! I’m going to take a bit of a blogging break this week before I get back to the day job but will check in via social media throughout the week. Keep reading and sharing, and I’ll update you on my Styling course next weekend!
…feet up, and chill!
Saturday night came, and off I headed to Belfast Fashion Week for their High Street Fashion show. Of course, given the opportunity, I would spend a lot of money on designer wear but I am in love with High Street Fashion. I mostly love that you can find something to keep you up with current trends at a little price. This doesn’t always happen – my favourite piece from the show was a French Connection maxi dress at £85!
Open at the back with lace detailing
But there was a lot to see – stores included The Outlet, Oasis, French Connection M&S and CastleCourt. Top of my list were the Maxi Dresses, shown from most stores and in a range of summer colours, and to match, a beautiful clutch from Oasis £30 (which I checked out online and found in practically every colour).
Coral was a prominent colour on the catwalk. For the show, I had teamed my leather mini skirt (mentioned in ‘Shop from the sofa‘) with a coral top (Mango £17.99 – a spur of the moment buy which I now wear with everything), denim shirt (love that denim is back!!) from H&M £19.99 and ankle boots, which after months of searching, I picked up for £24.99 in TK Maxx. My fur coat (best buy 2 years ago from Oasis) had to go on top to beat the weather!
The show ended with ‘Hair Transported Through Time’ by Andrew Mulvenna. There were some amazing looks but this one is perfect – hair, make-up and clothes – Love, love, love!!
The show was ‘High Street Heaven’ – what’s your heavenly piece from the High Street?